Sunday’s Derbies wrap up the Weekend with Emotionally Charged GamesPublished February 16, 2020 by Florin P
Serie A and Ligue 1 have saved the best for Sunday evening, as Lille take on Marseille for a Champions League, while Inter and Lazio chase the first place.
The Champions League returns next week and the focus will soon change on the most important European football competition. For the time being, the best teams continent-wide have to focus on the Sunday matches, with derbies scheduled in France and Italy. In Spain and England, we have clear favorites, but their opponents are guaranteed to give them a run for their money.
Lille Try to Close the Gap Separating them from Marseille
Marseille plays in the last match of the day scheduled at 8 PM UK time against one of the strongest home teams in the French first division. This explains why in spite of their good form and decent results on the road, they are credited with the second chance and odds of 12/5 by bet365 Sports. The hosts have lost their place on the podium and this is a critical game for them to return on a place eligible for the Champions League. They will need to make the most of the home pitch and the odds of 13/10.
Lazio and Inter Milan Square off for the First Place in Serie A
Inter Milan have dodged the bullet last week after conceding two goals in the match against their city rivals. They will need to perform much better on the road against Lazio to avoid defeat and remain at the top of the Italian first division. Lazio are undefeated at home, which explains why they are slight favorites with odds of 7/5 at Winner Sports. Inter Milan are also yet to win a match away from home, so punters willing to take a leap of faith with them will be paid at 2/1.
Sevilla and Espanyol Fight Over Vital Points
Sevilla have started the season quite well, but once again they are losing their grip and are in danger of finishing outside the Champions League spots. They do play at home against the second team from Barcelona and should be able to make the most of this significant advantage. They have no injured or suspended players and will throw everything they’ve got to pick up all three points. Punters who trust them to succeed in this quest should take the odds of 3/5 offered by 888 Sport on the home side to win.
Aston Villa and Tottenham Chase Divergent Objectives
Aston Villa are still threatened by the specter of relegation and any faults that could see them sink inside the red zone. They are in desperate need of points and even though they play against a better opponent on Sunday afternoon, they won’t play for a single point. Tottenham are not in a more enviable situation either, as they are now outside the European League places. They are terrible on the road and with Harry Kane mending his injuries, the seemingly high odds of 9/10 suddenly don’t look that appealing.
The odds presented in this article are correct as of Thursday, 13/2, 11:00 AM GMT.